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The 21st century is commonly referred to as the 'Pacific Century.' For such a prediction to materialize, the economies of the Asia-Pacific must lead the globe. What challenges will the region face? What nations stand to benefit most? The Diplomat's economics and business blog, Pacific Money, will try to tackle these questions and more.

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Blockchain in Southeast Asia: Striking a Balance Between Innovation and Protection
June 01, 2022

Blockchain in Southeast Asia: Striking a Balance Between Innovation and Protection

By Sean Tan
The growing ubiquity of blockchain technology in the region raises several questions regarding the creation of a safe environment for regional fintech innovation.
What’s Causing the Currency Crisis in Laos?
May 31, 2022

What’s Causing the Currency Crisis in Laos?

By James Guild
Mounting foreign liabilities and thin foreign exchange reserves have left the nation of 7 million acutely vulnerable to global financial shocks.

Export Body Casts Doubt on Thailand-Vietnam Rice Cartel Plan
May 31, 2022

Export Body Casts Doubt on Thailand-Vietnam Rice Cartel Plan

By Sebastian Strangio
Last week, a Thai official said that Thailand and Vietnam were considering forming a cartel in order to raise rice prices and increase farmer income.

China’s Real Estate Slump: Underlying Issues
May 26, 2022

China’s Real Estate Slump: Underlying Issues

By Sara Hsu
Although the current approach will ease some major indicators, such as property sales and prices, they will not necessarily resolve the core issues.

‘KKN di Desa Penari’ Becomes Indonesia’s Biggest Ever Homegrown Blockbuster
May 24, 2022

‘KKN di Desa Penari’ Becomes Indonesia’s Biggest Ever Homegrown Blockbuster

By James Guild
As Indonesian box office sales continue to rise, so too is the demand for locally produced films.
COVID-19 Lockdowns Bring Economic Woes for China
May 18, 2022

COVID-19 Lockdowns Bring Economic Woes for China

By Dmytro Spilka
China’s stock market woes added to a broader economic downturn in recent weeks, amid tough lockdowns in major cities.

The Economic Outlook for the Philippines Under Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
May 17, 2022

The Economic Outlook for the Philippines Under Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

By James Guild
The new president will take the reins at a time of high inflation and monetary tightening in the global financial system.
What’s Behind China’s Ban on NFTs?
May 16, 2022

What’s Behind China’s Ban on NFTs?

By Sara Hsu
Chinese authorities have made it clear that they do not welcome financial elements of the new economy, including NFTs.

Economic Stimulus Has Become Inevitable for China
May 12, 2022

Economic Stimulus Has Become Inevitable for China

By He Jun
If China wants to meet its 5.5 percent growth target, it will have to change its macroeconomic policy.

Singapore’s Hot Housing Market
May 10, 2022

Singapore’s Hot Housing Market

By James Guild
Despite government's various efforts to restrain the price of housing, costs have risen considerably since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

HSBC Break-up Pressure Marks the End of an Era
May 06, 2022

HSBC Break-up Pressure Marks the End of an Era

By Sam Goodman
The bank’s position – with huge financial stakes and close political ties in both London and Beijing – has become increasingly untenable amid growing tensions.
Are China’s Shadow Banking Regulations Contradicting Its Push for Common Prosperity?
May 05, 2022

Are China’s Shadow Banking Regulations Contradicting Its Push for Common Prosperity?

By Ben Phillips
The sector emerged for a reason: small- and medium-sized enterprises desperately need alternative sources of funding.

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